When I pick up a novel by Jocelyn Green, I’ve learned not to expect a fairytale. The novels are set during a war, and she does not shy away from the gritty details from it. There have been moments when reading where I’m almost shocked by what she describes. Sometimes it is very blunt and just catches me off gaurd. But I’ve come to love this about her style. I love that she captures these course details that we often don’t want to think about when reading. It adds an element of truth to the fiction as well as a level of reality–a way for us to really experience a time that we really don’t have a strong comprehension of.
**I received a copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**
When soldier Caitlin McKae woke up in Atlanta after being wounded in
battle, the Georgian doctor who treated her believed Caitlin’s only secret was
that she had been fighting for the Confederacy disguised as a man. In order
to avoid arrest or worse, Caitlin hides her true identity and makes a new life for
herself in Atlanta.
Trained as a teacher, she accepts a job as a governess to the daughter of Noah Becker, a German immigrant lawyer, who enlists with the Rebel army. Then in the spring of 1864, Sherman’s troops edge closer to Atlanta. Though starvation rules, and Sherman rages, she will not run again. In a land shattered by strife and suffering, a Union veteran and a Rebel soldier test the limits of loyalty and discover the courage to survive. Will honor dictate that Caitlin and Noah follow the rules, or love demand that they break them?
“Prayer may not always change our circumstances. But it always changes us.”
-James McKae, Yankee in Atlanta
Characters: It took me a little while to feel like I was becoming familiar with the characters in this story. At the beginning, we switch perspectives quite a bit and the characters all seem to be connected in some way or another. It made it difficult to get to know them. But, by the end of the book, these characters had become friends to me. I was concerned for them or happy based on what their situations were. Overall, the characters were quite well developed and interesting.
Storyline: Again, because of the changes in POV throughout this novel, it was difficult to become fully absorbed in the story. But at some point, things clicked and I found myself caught up in watching the war come to Atlanta and what that meant for all of the characters in the story. There were also a couple of romantic threads that had me wondering what would happen as well, and how the war would affect those.
My Thoughts: Once I got hooked on this novel, it was quite difficult to put it down. I loved the complexities of this story. A woman from New York who enlisted as a Union soldier, is misidentified as a Rebel soldier and moved to Atlanta, just before the war invades the city that the South thought couldn’t be taken. The story was phenomenally well written and became quite vivid with the details in the telling of it. I loved it!
About the Author:
Award-winning author Jocelyn Green inspires faith and courage in her readers through both fiction and nonfiction. A former military wife herself, she offers encouragement and hope to military wives worldwide through her Faith Deployed ministry. Her novels, inspired by real heroines on America’s home front, are marked by their historical integrity and gritty inspiration.
Jocelyn graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, with a B.A. in English, concentration in writing. She is an active member of the Christian Authors Network, the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Military Writers Society of America.
She loves Mexican food, Broadway musicals, Toblerone chocolate bars, the color red, and reading on her patio. Jocelyn lives with her husband Rob and two small children in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
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